Over 36 million kids play organized sports each year across the United States. For more than a century, baseball was America's pastime and kids all across the country have enjoyed playing this great sport with their friends every step of the way. Though baseball's popularity has taken a hit over the last few years, it's still one of the most fun activities available to kids of all ages.
Young children playing baseball is adorable; they almost never make contact, almost never pay attention in the outfield, and always run the bases incorrectly. As children get a little older, however, the best players start to stand out on the field -- especially in the batter's box.
There are so many factors involved with a quality baseball or softball swing: power, coordination, eye contact, awareness, patience, movement, balance, and so much more. Perhaps the most important aspect, however, which generates a significant amount of power, is the bat's swing speed.
There are two main aspects of a baseball bat's swing speed: hand speed and swing weight.
The ability to have fast hands and a fast swing is extremely difficult, which is why only a handful of ballplayers are able to make it to the highest level each year. You can work on your hand speed, sure, but it's much easier to focus on the bat's swing weight.
Even the strongest players in the world can struggle to swing a heavy bat quickly. A great way to lower your bat's swing weight is to work with bat rolling and shaving services. Shaved Easton USA bats and shaved baseball bats have a much lower swing weight than conventional bats.
In a Just Bat Reviews test, a shaved bat swings 7% lighter than its originally identical counterpart. Removing the shavings from the bat got rid of an additional 1.5 ounces and deceased its MOI from 8800 to 8200. A lighter swinging bat, provided it's swung at the same speed, won't exactly hit the ball further, but it'll help you make contact and have a smoother, tighter swing -- which will lead to more hits!
It's important to keep in mind that shaved Easton USA bats and other models aren't always legal in most baseball and softball leagues. However, plenty of leagues, derbies, all-star games, and exhibition games do allow for shaved and rolled baseball bats, leading to faster swings and much more contact!
If you want to find out more about swing weight, swing speed, or find high quality shaved Easton USA bats, give Gorilla Bats a call right away!